After 41 years of leading the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors, Dirk Van Dongen, its president & CEO, announced today that he will step down on November 30, 2020, the end of the association’s current fiscal year. Van Dongen will also retire as president of the NAW Institute for Distribution Excellence, Treasurer of NAW-PAC, and president & CEO of the NAW Service Corporation. Until then he will continue to lead these organizations and will assist the NAW Board leadership in the search for a new CEO.
“What a great industry! America’s wholesaler-distributors have given the United States the world’s absolute best distribution system. They are why what you need is always there. Representing them has been a totally fulfilling experience as well as a genuine privilege,” said Van Dongen. “It’s now time to put the leadership of NAW into new hands. My successor will inherit a highly qualified and dedicated staff team and I look forward to a smooth and seamless transition.”
“Dirk has built a strong foundation for NAW. He has driven leadership, innovation and excellence in our industry. His contributions throughout the business community will always be remembered. It’s been a privilege to be part of the organization and work alongside Dirk. I'm proud to continue growing his legacy,” said Douglas W. York, president & CEO of Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply, and 2020 Chairman of the NAW Board of Directors.
The NAW Board has retained Spencer Stuart to assist with the CEO search.